Can you believe there is only two weeks of prep time before Christmas? Me either! Still time to get some gifts done. Pick small things or really, really fat yarn. Here are some suggestions.
Lattice Brioche Scarf by Purl Soho
Knit with Super Bulky Merino like Malabrigo Rasta or Cascade Spuntaneous and 12mm needles
192 yards needed
Finished Dimensions: 8 inches wide x 84 inches long
Malabrigo Rasta ↑
Spuntaneous by Cascade ↑ is new in the store. Super Bulky, 100% extra fine merino, 109 yards. So soft!
Chunky Crochet Cowl by Just Be Crafty
Crocheted with bulky or super bulky yarn like the Malabrigo Rasta or the Cascade Spuntaneous or Brown Sheep Burly Spun and a 9mm hook
431 yards needed
Finished Dimensions: 7 inches by 76 inches long
Knitted Friends by Suzy Wool
Knit with Sport Weight yarn like Ultra Alpaca Light and 2.5mm needles
Makes toys sized: 15 cm/ 6 inch tall
The pattern includes instructions for all three of these adorable friends.
lalylala 4Seasons IV Winter by Lydia Tresselt
Crocheted with Sport Weight yarn and 2.25mm hook
only 55 – 142 yards needed
Simon is 9 cm high, Woody is 10,5 cm. Heinz is 12 cm
All of Lydia Tresselt’s patterns are so cute. These guys are seasonal though and would look nice on a tree.
Crochet Galilee Booties posted on thewhoot.com
For 0 – 3 months use a 4mm crochet hook
For 3 – 6 months use a 4.5mm crochet hook
For 6 – 9 months use a 5mm crochet hook
and yarn to match!
There is a lovely video that you can watch and stitch along to. Find it HERE
or buy the pattern HERE
Slippies by Jessica Owen Day
Knit with super bulky yarn and 9mm needles
60-90 yards needed
To fit: adult – custom length/one width fits most
Knit in linen stitch and really fat yarn these slippers should be done in no time and will be extra thick and cushy.
Conversationalist by The Plucky Knitter
Knit with worsted weight yarn like Lichen and Lace Worsted and 3.75-4mm needles
230 yards (210 m) needed
pattern is one size (adult) but says it is easily adjustable.
The key to making this simple hat a real show stopper is to use really nice yarn. A pretty hand dyed merino like Lichen and Lace Worsted will give you a similar effect to the hats pictured here.
Bursting at the seams with beautiful yarn! There are worse problems.
This week we received two exciting shipments of hand dyed yarn. Yesterday was Julie Asselin Day! Our box full of goodies from Quebec included both the Piccolo Sock yarn that we know and love and also something new for The Knit Café. It’s Leizu DK. Like the name suggests it is a Double Knit weight yarn, but what the name doesn’t tell you is that it is a super shimmering blend of Superwash Merino and Silk.
Today, shipped from Sackville New Brunswick, we received some Lichen and Lace. It is gorgeous! More 80/20, which is Lichen and Lace’s sock weight yarn and some Worsted Weight too. Just in time to knit up hats and mits and scarves for gifts.
Check it out.
top row: Lichen and Lace Worsted Weight, 100% Superwash Merino
bottom row: Lichen and Lace 80/20 Sock, 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon
top row: Julie Asselin Leizu DK, 90% Superwash Merino, 10% Silk
bottom row: Julie Asselin Piccolo, 80% Superwash Merino, 20% Nylon
Besides that we received more cheap and cheerful Berroco Vintage and Vintage Chunky in a plethora of colours. There could not be a better time to come by and witness our colour explosion installation.
We have just published our latest pattern to Ravelry. It is called “There’s No Place Like Home”. You can find it HERE
This project was designed for The Knit Cafe’s Yarn Club and was knit in a custom made colour just for yarn club members. The colour is dyed by the fabulous hand dyer Lichen and Lace. The colour is called “Emerald City” so of course we had to name this shawlette after Dorothy’s most famous line in the Wizzard of Oz, “there’s no place like home”.
The shawl has an interesting construction. First, it is knit on the bias in an easy open lace stitch. The border stitches are picked up and shaped with short rows into wedges so the corners of the shawl stay pointed and easy to tie. The whole thing is finished with a flourish in the form of a picot bind off. You can make the whole shawl in one skein of fingering weight if your skein holds 475 yards. If you have less yarn you can make a version without the border which is a lovely kerchief size.
Check it out HERE!
You love it, we love it and it’s here!!
It’s two fingering weight yarns from Lichen and Lace.
One is a delicate, one-ply, superwash merino for shawls, scarves and sweaters, and the other is 80/20; a blend of superwash merino and nylon (in that order) for sock knitting.
Have you seen this?
how about this?
If not, you might want to come by The Knit Café this weekend to get a look. Our order from Lichen and Lace is selling fast, and no wonder with beauties like these ones.
If you are drooling on your keyboard and wondering what you might knit with this luscious yarn then check out The Knit Café’s 504 King West pattern. It’s free and so fun to knit and it will give you lots of opportunities to play with all the colour possibilities available in our Lichen and Lace pallet.
I couldn’t resist putting together some combos myself. For this project you will need two main colours and three accent colours. In these pics the Lichen and Lace is paired with Koigi Mini Skeins. Each Mini is just enough yarn to make one stripe on the selvedge edge of the 504 King West.
Lichen and Lace’s Orchid and Citron
Lichen and Lace’s Shroom and Lichen
Lichen and Lace’s Beach Glass and Pewter
Lichen and Lace’s Silver Fox and Soot
These two are paired with a few Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails in Edison Bulb, and Rainwater, the other skeinette is by Koigu.
If you need some support while knitting your 504 King West pattern you are in luck. The Knit Cafe’s has just announced a new class offered over the spring and summer called “Asymmetric Summer Scarf Workshop” where you can get lots of guidance and tips while you knit your scarfette.
Asymmetric Summer Scarf
Thursday May 26, 1pm-3:30pm
Wednesday June 29, 6:30-9pm
Despite the cold outside it is starting to feel real Springy in here! We just put out a wonderful display of fingering (sock) weight yarn from lovely hand dyer Lichen and Lace.
We have a divine selection of both one ply beauties and a plyed sock weight blended with nylon. We love them both. Thank you Megan!
Megan is the artist behind these pretty colours. You may already know Megan as she is the founder of Lettuce Knit formerly in Kensington Market in Toronto. She now lives in New Brunswick and has invested her considerable talents into creating these beautiful skeins of yarn.
Come in and see them real soon.
We have them paired up with some sample of Knit Café projects that take sock weight yarn. See Trip to the Island on the left and Soho Scarf on the right (in the pic on top).